Doggie Dash Event Info

Here's everything you need to know about Doggie Dash, including the event location, when to arrive, parking, and more.

Location & Registration

Doggie Dash is held every year at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland. All event-day activities will take place on May 13, 2017.

Online registration closed on May 11. 

You can register on-site at the Dash until 8:30 am on May 13. The registration tent is located in the park near the intersection of SW Naito Parkway and SW Pine St. (near the Battleship Oregon monument). Note: Registration increases to $40 the day of the event.

The registration tent handles both day-of registration and, if you pre-registered online, race bib pick-up. The registration tent opens at 7:30 am on May 13.

Dogs and children under 10 can participate for free. You can also register for free as a Virtual Dasher if you aren’t able to attend the event in person: you still get a personal Doggie Dash webpage to use for raising funds for the animals, and you’ll still be eligible for thank you gifts.

All New: Dog Utopia!

The all new “Dog Utopia” area at Doggie Dash features everything a pampered pooch could want. Registered Dashers can treat their dog to a dog massage, talk with an animal communicator, visit the Doggie Confessional, honor past dogs at the Memorial Station, learn how to decode canine body language, watch the crazy antics of dogs as they chase bubbles at the Bubble Booth, and more.

Advance Pick-up

We suggest you pick up your registration bib in advance at one of the pick-up locations to avoid waiting in line. If you can’t pick up in advance or you are registering the day of the event, please arrive at the registration tent no later than 8:30 am.

Monday, May 8, 11 am–7 pm
Oregon Humane Society, AMLC Lobby
1067 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland

Tuesday, May 9, 11 am–7 pm
Old Spaghetti Factory, 715 SW Bancroft St, Portland
As a thank you for your Doggie Dash support, Old Spaghetti Factory will give out certificates for a “Buy one, get one free dinner” to participants who pick up from this location.

Thursday, May 11, 4–7 pm
iHeartMedia, 13333 SW 68th Parkway, Tigard
K103fm and other iHeartMedia stations are partnering with Tito’s Vodka and offering Dogtinis at this pick-up location. They will also have a photo booth and the opportunity to meet radio personalities.

Starting Times & Routes

Run/walk “waves” begin departure at 9 am, and the pet festival events run from 7:30 am-1 pm. Vendor booths and demonstration areas will stretch along the park from Pine St. to the Morrison Bridge. Participants who have raised funds can pick up their thank-your prizes from 10 am-noon at the Prize/Registration Tent.

Run/Walk Start Times

The first wave of runners and walkers leave at 9 am. Several “waves” of walkers follow the initial wave, until the final wave leaves at 9:45 am. If you are running, you need to be in the first wave at 9 am. This is a fun run and is not timed; nor are there any official prizes for the top finishers. It’s all about enjoying the day and helping pets!

Doggie Dash Course Map
The 1.5 mile route is shown in red. The yellow route is 2.5 miles. Both routes start and end at the same spot.

There are two courses to choose from:

Doggie Dash Classic – 1.5 miles

The 1.5 mile “Doggie Dash Classic” route begins on SW Naito Parkway near Stark St. You’ll proceed down a car-free Naito Parkway to the Salmon St. fountains, then turn north along the park’s seawall, and return south on Naito Parkway. This route is for walkers only.

Bridge to Bridge – 2.5 miles

The 2.5 mile “Bridge to Bridge” route is open to both walkers and runners (please note, this is a “fun run” and is not timed). The route uses the same starting and ending points as the 1.5 mile route, but takes Dashers over the Hawthorne Bridge, along the Eastbank Esplanade, over the Steel Bridge, and back to Waterfront Park. It’s dog-friendly and features great views of the city.

Parking & Traffic

Several SmartPark garages serve this area, and street parking is often available. View a map and info about SmartPark garages here. The garage nearest the Doggie Dash at Waterfront Park is on SE 3rd and Alder – 620 SW 3rd Ave.

Note: The Morrison Bridge will be down to two lanes because of construction. Westbound traffic from Southeast Grand Avenue and Southeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard won’t be able to get to downtown Portland across the bridge, according to the county. Drivers heading west from the central eastside will have to use the Hawthorne or Burnside bridges.


TriMet’s Morrison-Yamhill MAX improvements project could impact your trip. MAX Blue, Red and Green lines are disrupted, with only Blue Line trains serving the west side and shuttle buses running between Providence Park Station and Rose Quarter Transit Center. Dogs are not permitted on shuttle or regular service buses. Note: the distance between Providence Park and the start/finish at Tom McCall Waterfront Park is just more than a mile. Also, MAX Green Line is not running in downtown Portland. Plan your trip using TriMet’s online Trip Planner, which will show the adjusted service. Be sure to change the “Travel by” box to train only. And check TriMet’s TransitTracker before you head to the event.

TriMet’s tickets app lets you purchase and use tickets and passes instantly on your phone—anywhere, anytime. Just download the free app, register your debit/credit card in our secure system, and you’re ready to go.

Event Rules for Dogs

  • For the health and safety of all dogs and people participating in Doggie Dash, participants are asked to observe the following rules for canines attending the event with you:
  • Participating dogs must be currently licensed with proof of Parvo and Rabies vaccinations. You do not need to bring proof with you; if an incident occurs, you must be able to produce proof in a reasonable amount of time.
  • For safety reasons, “extend-a-leashes” will NOT be allowed. Dogs must be kept on a regular leash at all times. Leashes should be no more than six feet in length while on the course. This event gets very crowded and longer leashes can be extremely hazardous.
  • Female dogs in heat are not permitted.
  • Race officials reserve the right to refuse entry to any dog whose behavior could be dangerous to others. Please use good judgment regarding the temperament of your pet so that this event will be safe and enjoyable for everyone.
  • Dogs younger than six months should not participate.
  • Be sure you and your dog are conditioned for this event, especially if you plan to run/walk.


In addition to the walk/run, all registered Dashers can take advantage of many free activities. These include a complimentary pancake breakfast and complimentary beverage tastings for registered Dashers. Have your race bib with you to show you’re registered.

Doggie Dash Contests

Open to all Dashers; All Contests will be held at “The Eagle” North Stage

10:15am Last Beggar Sitting
10:30am Best Singing Duo
10:45am Best Doggie Kiss Contest
11:00am Best Costume Contest
11:30am Doggie Musical Sit Contest
12:15pm 80’s Doggie Dance Contest
12:30pm Peanut Butter Challenge

Doggie Dash Run/Walk

Runners start at 9 am
Walkers start at 9 am, 9:15 am, 9:30 am, 9:45 am (details above)

Prize Pick Up

10 am–12:30 pm: Pick up Fundraising Gifts (Near Finish Line)

Activities & Eats

Doggie Dash Photo Booth
Dog Utopia: Crafts and Treats for Your Pup
OHS Kids Corner – Face Painting & Kids Activities
Providence Healthy Eats Demonstrations
Raffle to Benefit the Animals
Starks Vacuum Races

Food & Beverages
Pancake Breakfast
Dutch Bros.
Papa Murphy’s Pizza
Portland Crab Cakes
Libation Station (21+ only)

Doggie Dash Presenting Sponsors


 Wentworth Subaru City Subaru USA